Surgeries can be daunting with feelings of not being able to get around and feelings of dependence on other people in cases where you should be going around your daily life in a productive way.
Here are 5 simple tips to help you recover faster from your surgery and get you going and back on your feet faster than you thought possible.
1. Your doctor is your best friend
Listen to everything your doctor says! This looks like a simple and straight forward advice but in actual fact, it can get tough to follow this advice where your movement and ability to get around is hampered.
However, in other for you to get back up fast and start getting around quickly, you must listen to your doctor because right now, your doctor is your best friend.
You must take your meds at the prescribed time, take rests, do your physical therapies in the recommended doses and at the recommended time to ensure the fastest possible recovery time.
2. Pay attention
Mostly, after leg surgery, surgeons will want to take weight off the foot or limit weight bearing to the affected leg.
The last thing you want after a leg surgery is a re-injury because you were careless. This is why you must pay attention not only to yourself, your habits but also to your environment after a leg surgery.
For instance, you want to make sure that you do not leave things lying around the house and you pay attention when out in the open.
Be careful. Be attentive. This will do you a whole lot of good.
3. Eat Well
Your body will do its best to heal itself and will eventually do in the course of time.
It is your duty to help your body do this by the choice of foods you take into your body in other to provide fantastic nutrition that encourages a greater and smoother rate of rebuild.
Proteins are the building blocks for tissue. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can protect cells from toxins as they help and which replace damage tissues with strong scar tissues that help in wound healing and helps with inflammation. In essence, eat fruits.
The general idea is that when you eat good, your body does good. So to get rapid recovery from your leg surgery, eat in that direction.
4. Find Alternatives To Crutches
Okay. Understood. Crutches are making you feel clumsy. You just can’t seem to get around as much as you like and you are just tired of it and want to shift some weight to the leg and just get around.
Relax. You will heal faster when you don’t put too much weight on your leg too fast after a surgery. Yes, exercise of the limb is great and aids recovery but you cannot just afford to overdo it and this is why if you feel like it, you should go for alternatives to crutches.
Some examples are seated scooters, knee walkers, steerable knee scooters, hands-free crutches etc
5. Ask for help
Yes, you want to resume normal activities but you need to do it slowly and this is the time you need to understand that you require a lot of help and that you cannot do everything you normally do by yourself for now.
After a leg surgery, one of the mental re-configurations you need to go through is that of asking for help.
It will only take a while, so keep calm, ask for help and let your leg heal itself faster instead of risking re-injury because you wanted to be a macho.